Dear NSATA Membership,
First of all, Happy Spring! I know after the long grind of winter that we all look forward to nicer weather and getting outdoors. Secondly, thank you from myself and the other Executive Board members for electing us to serve you. We are looking forward to the opportunities before us and while we certainly have big shoes to fill, we will always strive to do our best job and keep the momentum of our organization moving forward.
One thing I wanted to be sure and address is that we should be impressed and grateful for the servant leaders among us. There are so many volunteers who do tremendous work to keep the wheels of the NSATA spinning! “Thank you” never seems adequate for all the time, work, and dollars that are donated to this organization. If we look back at where we were just 10 years ago, so much has changed and that is a credit to the hard work of many individuals. Our profession is becoming a respected healthcare piece in Nebraska and athletic trainers are being sought to be part of initiatives, boards, and other opportunities. We’ve had more publicity than ever and have been able to get more and more athletic trainers involved on committees and with other service. Our Student Leadership Council leads the way in comparison to other states and our students are starting to unite through events like quiz bowl, student socials, and their work at our summer meeting. So, although inadequate, a huge thank you to all of you who serve the NSATA!
There are two important items that will need your attention within the next few weeks. First, the MAATA is conducting elections for the District Director position. Please vote! I would love for Nebraska to have a loud voice in this election and to show everyone that we are active, involved, and care about our professional representation. Secondly, it is time to submit nominations for the NSATA Hall of Fame award. This is one of the highest honors one can receive in our state and well worth the time. With the change in the Executive Board and other factors, the deadlines will be tight this year. However, the process is simple and the committee has added an online form to streamline the process. I encourage all of you to look at the list of eligible candidates and if you feel strongly about one of them, start the process now.
One last thing I wanted to share with you. I am a huge fan of the book 212o the extra degree by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson. I highly recommend picking up a copy. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the main concept is this: “Raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine”. However, many people don’t know there is a short, easy to read book that accompanies the video many have seen. I’d like to share an excerpt with you that sums up what I’ve always believed about athletic trainers.
“And then some… these three little words are the secret to success. They are the difference between average people and top people in most companies. The top people always do what is expected…and then some. They are thoughtful of others; they are considerate and kind…and then some. They are good friends and helpful neighbors…and then some. They can be counted on in an emergency…and then some. I am thankful for people like this, for they make the world a better place. Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words…and then some.” – page 91
I’m proud to say almost every athletic trainer I’ve ever met is an “and then some” person!
Stay tuned as we continue to update you on things that impact you as members of the NSATA and if you haven’t been there yet, I encourage you to visit www.nsata.org to find all of the current news and information you need. I am also challenging myself this year to continue to embrace technology since I’ve found myself resisting it the past few years, so I invite you to follow me on Twitter by following @NSATAPresident. (If you don’t know how to use Twitter, just find a Young Professional to help you out).
If you ever have questions, want to get involved, or just need help please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Executive Board. Our contact information can be found at www.nsata.org.
Danielle Kleber, ATC